At 234 feet long, the Feadship Utopia is one of the largest motoryachts available for charter in the world.
First Impression: Utopia
Date toured: December 2009
At 234 feet long, Utopia is among the largest motoryachts available for charter in the world. (She ranked No. 70 on the most recent Power & Motoryacht list of the largest motoryachts in existence.) If you equate modern spaciousness and classic grandeur with luxury, then this Feadship is likely to impress you. Her massive interior volume means she can offer things that other yachts simply cannot, by sheer nature of her size.
For instance: Utopia is marketed as taking 12 guests, but she actually has the capacity to sleep 15 when you include all the bunk-style Pullman berths in the cabins with twin-size beds. That allows flexibility that can really benefit your charter party. If, for instance, you have six adult couples, then each couple can have their own cabin. If, instead, you have four adult couples with a total of three children, then you can put all the kids in one cabin and have five cabins free for the four couples to use—say, if one spouse is a loud snorer and needs to be isolated at night.
Many large motoryachts for charter are tridecks, meaning they have three decks (main deck, bridge deck, and sundeck) above the waterline, plus a “belowdecks” level. Most tridecks have a master cabin on the main deck and the rest of the guest cabins belowdecks, because that’s the only place they logically fit. On Utopia, the main deck is home to three cabins: one with twin-size beds, and two with king-size beds and massive windows that make them feel larger than the masters on “regular-size” motoryachts.
The master cabin aboard Utopia is actually an entire level, called the “sky lounge deck,” and includes a gymnasium, study, bath with skylight above, and a feature I’ve not seen before on a charter motoryacht: a personal owner’s galley. The crew member who showed me around told me that the original owner of Utopia loved to cook, which is why a studio apartment-sized galley was installed in addition to the proper galley where the chef works. Just off the master bedroom, the primary charter guest has access to a two-burner Miele cooktop, a microwave/convection oven, and a sink.
A couple other spaces worth noting are Utopia’s sky lounge, which contains a working gas fireplace, and the sundeck, whose hot tub is large enough to easily fit eight adults. A section of the bridge deck used to be a helipad, but now it’s used for outdoor guest seating such as chaise lounges with umbrellas. It’s a lovely addition to the traditional sundeck seating that Utopia also has in spades.
As with most things that outsize their competition, Utopia comes at a premium price point. Her weekly base rate is €450,000, and she is part of the charter fleet at Edmiston and Company.
Any reputable charter broker can tell you more or help you book a week onboard.—Kim Kavin